Residents: Why are we still living like this?

20:17, Mar 05 2014
Jade Spring
UNREAL: Jade Spring, 11, outside her family home in Harrison St, St Albans.
Bethany Oskam on Fifield terraceg
KEEPING DRY: Bethany Oskam on Fifield Terrace.
Paisley Street, Sumner
NOT QUITE THE SEA: Paisley Street, Sumner
Abberley Cres, St Albans
STUCK: Residents in Abberley Cres, St Albans, will have difficulty getting to work today.
Stanmore Rd flooded driveway
Oxford Terrace at 7.50am.
RUSH HOUR: Oxford Terrace at 7.50am.
Oxford Terrace at 7.50am.
CENTRAL CHRISTCHURCH: Oxford Terrace at 7.50am.
Lyttelton street turns into a river
DOWNHILL: This steep Lyttelton street is under water.
Heathcote River
HEATHCOTE: The river banks have disappeared as this picture shows - taken from Palatine Tce looking across Fisher Ave.
Flooded foundations
WATER TRAP: Building foundations on the corner of Madras and Southwark streets in the central city fill up during the torrential rain.
Bowenvale Ave Centaurus Rd
CLOSED: Roads are closed at the corner of Bowenvale Ave Centaurus Rd.
Intersection of Durham and Hereford St
CITY CENTRE FLOODS: Intersection of Durham and Hereford St.
Exeter St flooding
DOWN THE PLUGHOLE: Floodwater whirls around a drain on Exeter St, Lyttelton.
Richardson Terrace trampoline
AFLOAT: Trampoline in Richardson Terrace after the Heathcote River burst its banks.
Avon River under Fitzgerald
RISING: The Avon River, flush with its banks, creeps up under the Fitzgerald Bridge.
Avon River, Fitzgerald Ave
BROKEN BANKS: The Avon east of Fitzgerald Ave floods over the street.
Aynsley terrace flooding
ADVANCING: Water creeps up to a road block on Aynsley Tce, near Centaurus Rd.
Francis Ave house floods
INDOOR POOL: This Francis Ave home has been inundated.
Francis Ave
UNDERWATER: This Francis Ave driveway is impassable.
Little River flooding
TIDAL: Floodwater washes a rubbish bin down the street in Little River.
Francis Ave abandoned cars
FOOLHARDY: Motorists who drove through a road-closed sign were forced to abandon their cars.
Eastern Tce dinghy
DESPERATE MEASURES: A resident in Eastern Tce, Beckenham, fancies his luck with the oars.
MacKenzie Ave flooding
COVERED IN WATER: Mackenzie Ave, Opawa, is turned into an outdoor swimming pool.
Eel on Rossall Street
OUT OF HIS DEPTH: Phil Dewar snapped this picture of an eel crossing Rossall St at the intersection with Heaton Rd.
Beckenham School flooding
SCHOOL'S OUT: The grounds around Beckenham School turn into a bog due to the heavy rain.
Aldwins road firefighters
ON CALL: Firefighters, facing a busy day in Christchurch today, help out in Aldwins Rd, Woolston.
Waltham Rd bridge and Fifield Tce - taken at 10am
AFLOAT: A van under water near Waltham Rd bridge and Fifield Tce at 10am.
Sheldon St Woolston
HELPLESS: Water is pouring into homes in Sheldon St, Woolston.
Mike Barber in flooded house
CONTENTS UNINSURED: Mike Barber surveys the damage in his Sheldon St home.
Kayak in Linwood flood
BEST WAY TO TRAVEL: A kayaker trucks down the gutter in Linwood.
Heathcote river flooding
WAIST DEEP: Amanda Savage sent in this picture of deep flooding at the corner of Riverlaw Tce and Esher Pl.
Wildberry St flooding
FINDING FUN IN THE FLOOD: Levi and Caleb White keep checking on the water levels in Wildberry St, Woolston.
Opawa Church flooding
NAVIGATING FLOOD: A keen kayaker paddles towards the church on the corner of Aynsley Tce and Opawa Rd.
Flooding in garden
NO SPRINKLERS NEEDED: "Sorry Christchurch, I over-watered the garden," wrote Rajeev Bhana when he sent in this snap of a flooded garden.
Riverlaw Tce flooding, snorkeller
SCUBA SEASON: Josh Smith needs diving equipment to locate the road in Riverlaw Tce, St Martins.
Cathedral Square pool emerges
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: A new pool has replaced a building site.
Lugging beer through floods
IMPORTANT STUFF: A Riverlaw Terrace resident transports "vital" supplies on a body board through Heathcote River flood waters.
Aldwins Road motorcyle in flood
BIT OF SPRAY: This motorcyclist gets a covering on Aldwins Rd, Woolston.
Top of Heathcote Valley flooding
VALLEY FLOODING: Heathcote Valley resident Loius Dudson sent in this picture of his garden stream in flood.
Matlock St flooding
BROTHERLY LOVE: Mario Williams of Matlock St, Woolston, takes his sisters Mia and Natalia for a ride down the road during a break in the storm.
Fitzgerald ave flooding car submerged
FITZGERALD AVE: A car is partially submerged in flood waters on Fitzgerald Ave.
Flood walkabout in Christchurch including North Beach, Avonside and Opawa/Woolston. Cameron Cook, left, and Construction Contracting CCL staff sandbagging in Aynsley Terrace.
Heavy rain and strong winds in Christchurch. Jack Doyle (11) crossing Warrington St.
A horse is fed emergency food stocks on Farmland flooded looking from Tunnel Road, in Heathcote.
A months rain in 24 hours is how its been described. The city was grid locked in places for hours as commuters tried to get to work. Several St Alban's residents were evacuated and spent the night in a CD Welfare Centre The Avon River burst its banks. A woman carries her shopping through the flood waters.
Another miserable day in Opawa by the Heathcote River.
Flood walkabout in Christchurch including North Beach, Avonside and Opawa/Woolston. Construction Contracting CCL staff sandbagging in Aynsley Terrace.
Heavy rain and strong winds in Christchurch. Tony Doyle carries Andy Kimber across Warrington St after helping out neighbours on Flockton St.
A months rain in 24 hours is how its been described. The city was grid locked in places for hours as commuters tried to get to work. Several St Alban's residents were evacuated and spent the night in a CD Welfare Centre The Avon River burst its banks. Alison Naylor of Frances St has had liquefaction and has now been flooded out two years in a row.
St Albans area. Sean Hermanspahn (17) wades through the water with his laundry.
Christy O'Hagan, 18 years old on the left with Shonagh O'Hagan walking down Voelas Street in Lyttleton were flood water turned the street into a river.
Hekmat Sultani, 22, from Heathcote, took a day off work to jetski in his neighbourhood, pictured here on Scruttons Rd in Heathcote.
Krystal Merrick and Dan Evans from the NZRT-12 Emergency Response/Rescue Team travel up the Heathcote River flooding waters along Riverlaw Terrace in their new rescue boat, donated from the lotteries ministry travel with a Red Cross member from RC23 team.
Pete Sheild, in his truck is rescued on Canterbury Street in Lyttleton after a river of flood water eroded the side of the road.
Glen Fife tend to his sunken car just off Clarendon Terrace in Woolston.
Flood walkabout in Christchurch including North Beach, Avonside and Opawa/Woolston. Aynsley Terrace residents Pip Oliver, left, and partner Tak Tothill.
A resident looks out her window at a rescue team starting their engine on the Heathcote River flood waters on Riverlaw Terrace.
Flood walkabout in Christchurch including North Beach, Avonside and Opawa/Woolston. Monty McKeefry, of North Beach.

Storm-battered Christchurch residents are trying to remain resilient after another natural disaster damaged their homes and upended lives.

Many residents in the worst-affected areas say they feel helpless after the two-day storm.

Francis Ave resident Alison Naylor's St Albans' home was one of dozens of inundated properties. She felt helpless about what had happened.

Christchurch flooding
FLOODED STREETS: An aerial photograph of the Heathcote River flooding Opawa. The Brougham Street bridge can be seen to the left, with Opawa Road running down the middle. Clarendon Tce and Aynsley Tce, which run along the river, are both submerged.
Christchurch flooding
OPAWA UNDER WATER: The Heathcote River burst its banks flooding houses on Fifield and Riverlaw Tce in Opawa.
Christchurch flooding gallery
MUDDY RIVER: Riverside properties in Opawa bore the brunt of the flooding. Opawa Road Bridge is the patch of road that can be seen. Clarendon and Aynsley Tce are submerged by the Heathcote River.
Christchurch flooding gallery
MAKING WAVES: Sodden ground and flooded roads made for treacherous driving conditions on Tunnel Road in Heathcote.
Christchurch flooding gallery
NEW BRIGHTON: From on high, the extent of the flood waters was clear. The Avon River spilled on to New Brighton Road, which runs alongside it, and Locksley Ave in the lower right of the picture.
Aerial pic Opawa flooding
SWAMPED: The Heathcote River floods Opawa. The Beckford Road bridge is visible at the top of the photograph. Fifield Tce and Riverlaw Tce run alongside either side of the river.
Avondale New Brighton aerial flooding pic
FLOODING IN THE EAST: Avondale Road bridge is visible to the lower left in the picture. A section of New Brighton Road on the right was not flooded.
Heathcote warehouses flooded aerial
HEATHCOTE FLOODING: Warehouses in Heathcote's industrial area are surrounded by flood waters.
Heathcote Valley flooding aerial
VALLEY FLOODING: Heathcote Valley was badly hit by the flooding. Port Hills Road is at the top right of the photograph, with Martindales Road at the top left.
Dallington flooded aerial
DALLINGTON DAMAGE: Locksley Ave and New Brighton Rd under water from the Avon River in the foreground.
Dallington intersection under water aerial
ROAD BECOMES RIVER: The intersection of New Brighton Road and Locksley Ave under water.

"Something should have been done after the flooding last year, but we've had no help."

The Flockton basin, in the St Albans/Mairehau area, suffered severe flooding with the water level in parts of the suburbs reaching waist-height.

Many residents evacuated their homes while others watched helplessly as the floodwaters swept through their properties.


People spoken to by The Press were visibly upset about the damage to their homes while others were angry that nothing had been done as a result of similar flooding in the same area last year.

Naylor said seeing her home in such a state was "absolutely devastating".

"I live by myself and I can't do this . . . I can't ring work every time it rains and tell them I can't go in because I'm flooded again.

"I want to know what will be done and I want to see some action before this winter.

"I expected a little bit of water but nothing like this . . . I woke up at about 5am because my cat jumped on my bed and she was wet and I looked down and there was five inches of water everywhere," she said.

The land the house sits on had dropped by about 40 centimetres after the earthquakes.

Linda Wells moved into a rental property on the corner of Carrick and Flockton streets in October and said experiencing the flooding was "worse than the earthquake".

Wells and her 20-year-old son evacuated their home about 4am yesterday after waking to find water slowly creeping into their hallway.

"I just can't believe it to be honest . . . My car is in the garage and will be ruined. We just had to put stuff high up and hope for the best but I don't know what to do now."

She contacted Civil Defence and was "piggybacked to the truck when they arrived".

Wells and her son spent the evening at the emergency centre at Mairehau School before being picked up by some friends.

"It's really scary and it makes you feel so helpless."

After watching large parts of Mairehau become submerged by floodwater, Jo Byrne is demanding answers.

The Carrick St resident "felt sick to her stomach" when she saw the damage to her home.

Unlike last year's flooding in the Flockton basin area, when about 30 homes were flooded, whole streets were under water yesterday.

"Our homes are insured, our land is insured so why after three years are we still living like this?"

Byrne said EQC had said land claims would be settled by the end of the year but that would be far too long for many residents.

"We've got another winter to get through . . . it's a disgrace."

Across town, residents face a big cleanup after the Heathcote River burst its banks.

Mike Barber had to wade through waist-deep water to salvage items from his flooded home.

Like others living next to the Heathcote River, he had watched helplessly as it burst its banks and swamped the area.

"I don't know how it got this deep, this quick. It's nuts," he told The Press.

Barber, who was uninsured, woke to the river lapping against the doorstep of the pale blue house he rented on the corner of Sheldon St and Clarendon Tce, Woolston, yesterday.

By mid-morning, carpet inside the home was covered by about 30cm of dirty brown water.

Any items of value had been shifted to higher ground.

There was little else Barber could do but put on a brave face and wait for the rain to stop and water levels to subside.

His flatmate had simply left the mess behind and gone to work.

Further south along the river, Glen Fife tried in vain to push his partially submerged car from the grips of the flood-waters that had engulfed parts of Marshall St. In the end, he called in a favour from Titan Cranes colleague Darryn Perfect who helped haul out the vehicle using one of the company's cranes. Dirty brown water spilled out onto the street as he opened the car's doors. His house had not been damaged and his wife and two children were safe.

"We survived an earthquake - what's a flood?"

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